2017 MTV VMAS: TAYLOR SWIFT SETTLES SCORES AND KENDRICK LAMAR WINS BIG!

The stars of television, film, music and entertainment descended on The Forum in Los Angeles for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, 2017.

Hosting the show was Katy Perry, making a dramatic entrance in a space suit, one of many costume changes throughout the evening. In addition to steering events, Perry also belted out her latest hit, “Swish Swish” taking the stage with Nicki Minaj. It seems ironic that a song said to be a diss track aimed at Taylor Swift was performed on the same night Swift’s video for “Look What You Made Me Do” debuted.

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For Taylor Swift, revenge is a dish best served cold as the 27-year-old, sitting on a throne, took swings at Kanye West and ex-flame Tom Hiddleston. But the harshest rebuke was reserved for Kim Kardashian in the video, with Swift seemingly mocking the reality star’s Paris robbery, painting her as fame obsessed.

Kendrick Lamar was the night’s big winner, taking home six moon men including Video of the Year for “HUMBLE.” A shocked Khalid was named Best New Artist and Ed Sheeran, who is having a monster year in music, won the Artist of the Year award. After performing a medley of her hits, Ellen DeGeneres presented Pink with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

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Memorable performances included Fifth Harmony, who threw shade at departed member Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, Demi Lovato, DNCE and Logic whose rendition of suicide prevention song, “1-800-273-8255,” created a moving moment as did Jared Leto’s heartfelt tribute to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington who committed suicide in July.

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ON THE RED CARPET…

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Best Pop Video
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

Best Dance Video
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”

Best Collaboration Video
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Hip Hop Video
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”

Best New Artist
Julia Michaels
Khalid
Kodak Black
Noah Cyrus
SZA
Young M.A

Song of Summer
Camila Cabello Feat. Quavo – “OMG”
Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, Feat. Justin Bieber – “Despacito (Remix)”
DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Fifth Harmony Feat. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”
Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3”

Video of the Year
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Best Fight Against the System
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire”

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